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JV

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  • 19 ratings
  • 220 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Dissident Gardens: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women. Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist and mercurial tyrant who terrorizes her neighborhood and her family with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her brilliant and willful daughter, Miriam, is equally passionate in her activism, but flees Rose’s suffocating influence and embraces the Age of Aquarius counterculture of Greenwich Village. Both women cast spells that entrance or enchain the men in their lives....

    JV says: "Not for me"
    "Not for me"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is very complex... hard to listen and get the characters down


    Has Dissident Gardens turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    He was fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think I should read the book


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4265)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2822)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Glad I read this"
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    Well written -- shocking, astounding, and compelling. Read it for my book club and I'm glad it was suggested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (1804)
    Story
    (1806)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Another well written book"
    Overall
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    A thoughtful insight into the political chaos of the embassy before and dring the war.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (781)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "WOW -- what a powerful"
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    It is clear that the interviews the author did getting ready to write this book paid off. I could not quit listening. A great reminder of where the bias's of the nation have been and are, as we learn, again, about the flight and fight so many brave people took moving from the 'cotton curtain' to the warmth of other suns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Please Look After Mom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kyung-Sook Shin, Chi-Young Kim (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Samantha Quan, Janet Song, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    On a family visit to the city, Mom is right behind her husband when the train pulls out of Seoul Station without her, and she is lost, possibly forever. As her children argue over how to find her, they each recall their lives with her. Have they lived up to her expectations? Was she happy? Through the piercing voices of daughter, son, and husband, and through Mom’s own words in the novel’s shattering conclusion, we learn what happened that day, and explore an even deeper mystery—of motherhood itself.

    Diana - Audible says: "A moving family portrait"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I felt the story dragged a bit -- some folks will like it, but it just wasn't for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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